2018 BC Indigenous Business Awardees Celebrated

October 15, 2018

VANCOUVER - Awardees of the Tenth Annual BC Indigenous Business Awards were celebrated at a Gala Dinner ceremony on October 15, 2018 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver where over 650 people gathered to honour excellence in Indigenous business in British Columbia.

"The BC Indigenous Business Awards' program has elevated over 170 outstanding businesses from throughout the province for the past 10 years,” said Scott McIntyre, Foundation Chair. “As we mark this important decade of excellence and look to the future, the 2018 cohort of awardees lead the way as examples of entrepreneurship, commitment and extraordinary vision, all of which play a key role in the strength of our provincial economy. Congratulations on your achievements and thank you for inspiring us all."

The BC Indigenous Business Awards were launched in 2008 to honour and celebrate business excellence. A total of 16 Indigenous businesses, entrepreneurs, partnership entities and community-owned enterprises will be recognized at this year's gala dinner.

Members of the 2018 jury panel include Brenda Baptiste, Louis de Jaeger, Laurie Sterritt and Laara Yaghujaanas.

In addition, Chief Gordon Planes of the T'Sou-ke First Nation has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 BC Indigenous Business Award for Individual Achievement in recognition of his efforts towards economic development and business in the Province. The award is selected by the British Columbia Achievement Foundation's Board of Directors.

The BC Indigenous Business Awards are presented by the BC Achievement Foundation in partnership with the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, and generously supported by New Relationship Trust, Teck, TD, BC Hydro, CN, Enbridge, Encana, FortisBC, Vancity and Western Forest Products.

The BC Achievement Foundation is an independent foundation established and endowed in 2003 by the Province of British Columbia to celebrate community service, arts, humanities and enterprise.

2018 BC Indigenous Business Awardees

Business of the Year - one-to-two person enterprise
Ay Lelum-The Good House of Design - Nanaimo
Outstanding Business Achievement: Second Pass Forestry Ltd. - Kamloops

Business of the Year - three-to-10 person enterprise
Reciprocal Consulting - West Vancouver
Outstanding Business Achievement: Kootenay Waste Services Ltd. - Nelson
Outstanding Business Achievement: Haida Style Expeditions - Skidegate

Business of the Year - 11+ more person enterprise
Mussell Crane Manufacturing - Chilliwack
Outstanding Business Achievement: Kikinaw Energy Services Ltd. - Fort St. John

Community-Owned Business of the Year - one entity
Yucwmenlu?cwu (Caretakers of the Land) LLP - Enderby

Outstanding Business Achievement
Painted Rock Aggregates & Contracting LLP - Savona
Outstanding Business Achievement: Quilakwa Investments - Enderby

Community-Owned Business of the Year - two or more entities
Kanaka Bar Land and Resource LP - Lytton

Business Partnership of the Year
Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood Limited Partnership - Port Alberni
Outstanding Business Achievement: Cariboo Aboriginal Forestry Enterprises Ltd. - Williams Lake

Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Skywest Environmental Inc. - Williams Lake
Outstanding Business Achievement: Van-Isle Auto Brokers - Victoria

Backgrounder on Chief Gordon Planes - Hya-Quatcha
2018 Individual Achievement Award
Since 2007 Chief Planes has been the Chief of the T'Sou-ke First Nation. He has boldly embarked on a 100 year process to build a new community vision, one that fosters a healthy Indigenous population with a focus on four pillars: autonomy, food security, cultural renaissance and economic development. Under Chief Planes' expert leadership the T'sou-ke Nation is emerging as a leader in renewable and green energy for future generations. In the last few years they have launched a solar micro-grid demonstration project, and currently operate wasabi and oyster farms. The community generates electricity from solar power through a demonstration project launched over a decade ago that is so successful that the T'Sou-ke Nation offers tours to people all over the world. The community's success has been attributed to Chief Planes' focus on long-term sustainability, rather than personal profit, as the Chief explains: “It's all about future generations.”

Detailed information about the awards and a list of past winners is posted on the Foundation's website at www.bcachievement.com/indigenousbusiness/

Cathryn Wilson, Executive Director
BC Achievement Foundation
cathrynwilson@bcachievement.com | 604.261.9777

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